With less than 48 hours until the real polls open in Quebec the Parti Québécois appears to be within grasp of a majority. In Chantal Hebert’s column in Toronto’s The Star she points out that unless a majority is achieved things will be tough for the Parti Québécois.
If the Parti Québécois wins next week, Pauline Marois’ first act as premier-elect will be to cancel the tuition hike that has pitted the student movement against premier Jean Charest. But unless the PQ secures a majority, it might have a hard time selling a hostile National Assembly on what the Liberals and the Coalition Avenir Québec see as an act of capitulation.
Meanwhile the Globe and Mail reports that Marois is trying to reassure Anglophones. Paradoxically Marois has stated throughout the campaign that she will strengthen Bill 101 if elected – this alone flies in the face of reassuring Anglophones. When asked how she proposed to reassure Anglos she said ““Ah… We’ll find ways to get along.”. Not very reassuring at all!!
I realize that a provincial election, even one that is a potential map re-drawer, isn’t earth shattering outside of Canada. But I though the New York Times would have given a bit of a look in its large Sunday edition. However it seems to have passed on the election and focused on…maple syrup. Granted it is a huge theft of maple syrup, but really!